Saturday, September 26, 2009
Sensus Fidelium Discussion Continues
Thursday’s post, “If the People Don’t Believe It, It’s Not True,” has generated much discussion – both in the comments section of that particular post, and on at least two other blogsites.
As you may recall, I shared on Thursday excerpts from a 2003 National Catholic Reporter article by Arthur Jones. In this article, Jones interviews Richard Sipe who shares his thoughts on Roman Catholicism’s underdeveloped sexual theology, the need for reform in this area of church teaching, and the power of the sensus fidelium (the “sense of the faithful”) which, Sipes contends, it at odds with the hierarchical church’s understanding of the meaning and purpose of sexuality. In discussing this last point, Sipe offers the quip: “If the people don’t believe it, it’s not true.”
As I said, Sipe’s views on both the church’s sexual theology and the sensus fidelium have generated an interesting exchange of ideas – both here at The Wild Reed and on the blogsites of my fellow gay Catholic bloggers William Lindsey and Terence Weldon.
I particularly recommend the following informed and articulate reflections on this important issue offered by William and Terence:
A Reader Responds: Standing Newman on His Head - William D. Lindsey (Bilgrimage, September 25, 2009).
Sexual Ethics and the Sensus Fidelium - Terence Weldon (Queering the Church, September 25, 2009).
And More Synchronicity: Newman Again – Misappropriating and Misrepresenting the Facts - William D. Lindsey (Bilgrimage, September 26, 2009).
Church and Laity: More on the Sensus Fidelium - Terence Weldon (Queering the Church, September 27, 2009).
For previous posts, comments, and links on the sensus fidelium, the magisterium, and “faithful dissent” see:
The Truth About the Spirit of Vatican II Finally Revealed!
Reading the Documents of Vatican II (Part 1)
Reading the Documents of Vatican II (Part 2)
Reading the Documents of Vatican II (Part 3)
Here Comes Everybody!
Robert McClory’s “Prophetic Work”
A Catholic Understanding of Faithful Dissent (Part 1)
A Catholic Understanding of Faithful Dissent (Part 2)
The Many Forms of Courage (Part III)
Responding to Excommunication
A Church That Can and Cannot Change
Will We See Change?
The Catholic Challenge
The Treasure and the Dross
Image: “Sensus Fidelium” by Annette Falk Lund.